Water system repairs to prompt lane closures Wednesday near Gayton, John Rolfe


Work to repair a leaking water main or valve will require lane closures beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 near Gayton Road and John Rolfe Parkway.

Westbound Gayton’s left turning lane and left through lane will be closed. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. Eastbound Gayton’s left through lane will be closed at John Rolfe. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals named to nation’s top 100


HCA Virginia's Henrico Doctors' Hospitals recently was named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals consists of three community hospitals – Henrico (Forest), Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals – and two freestanding emergency departments, West Creek Emergency Center and Hanover Emergency Center. Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals specializes in heart and stroke care, women’s health, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and behavioral health. > Read more.

Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility. > Read more.
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Henrico Police charge man with murder


Henrico Police have charged a 23-year-old county man with second-degree murder in connection with a Jan. 27 Glen Allen homicide.

Jamare Maurice Jones is charged with the murder of George Quarles Jones, Jr., 61, in what police are calling a domestic incident. They have not disclosed how the two men are related.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., Jan. 27, Henrico Police and Fire responded for a shooting in 4600 block of Francistown Road, where they located the elder Jones suffering from a gunshot wound. > Read more.

Henrico Schools seek new, used books and magazines


Do you have books or magazines at home or at work that you're done with? Henrico County Public Schools might be interested in them.

As part of its intense focus on literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines. HCPS is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages.

HCPS middle and high schools are embracing a mix of schoolwide and individual reading goals during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” > Read more.

Libbie Mill Library earns LEED Silver rating for environmentally friendly design


Henrico County’s Libbie Mill Library has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally friendly design and construction.

Libbie Mill becomes the 13th Henrico government or school building to earn LEED certification since 2011. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the recognized standard for excellence in green building.

The library, which opened in October 2015, qualified for the Silver rating — the third highest — based on meeting design and construction requirements in a variety of categories: sustainable site; water efficiency; energy efficiency; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation. > Read more.

Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees


All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and two of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2017.

Board members received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon, General Government Steering Committee; > Read more.

House panel OKs bills targeting opioid crisis


A House committee has approved seven bills aimed at fighting the opioid crisis in Virginia. The legislation would limit the prescription of medications containing opioids, establish guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain and make opioid overdose reversal drugs more easily available.

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the proposals and sent them to the full House of Delegates for consideration.

On an average day, three Virginians die of a drug overdose, according to State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine. In November, she and Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. > Read more.

McAuliffe boasts Virginia employment records


RICHMOND – After giving a report at a meeting of the National Governors Association this week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he is proud of how well Virginia is doing economically.

“I just gave the State of the State, and I almost feel bad for those other 49 governors. I don’t know what they do every day because we live in the greatest state in the greatest nation on Earth,” McAuliffe said at the Virginia Municipal League Day at the Capitol.

Virginia has reached its highest level of employment in history, with more than 4.2 million workers in the commonwealth, McAuliffe said. > Read more.

Steward School, SMV to host world-record-setting aviator


Aviator Barrington Irving, who set a world record as the first African American and youngest person to fly around the world solo, will visit the Science Museum of Virginia Feb. 8 to share his tale of inspiration with area students and families. Parents, children and others from the Richmond community are invited to join school children from the Boys & Girls Clubs, Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, The Steward School, Chesterfield County and to hear Irving’s tale of flying around the world solo in a plane he built himself.

Following his flight, Irving founded a mentorship program, Experience Aviation, which educates and empowers students in science, technologyengineering and mathematics. For his accomplishments, he is the winner of National Geographic’s 2012 Emerging Explorer Award and the NASA SEMAAA Trailblazer Award, and was acknowledged by a Congressional Resolution. > Read more.

Teacher nominations sought for REB Awards


The Community Foundation's annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence are open for nominations, and students, parents, community membersschool staff and administrators (except for the school principal) are invited to help recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools.

Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by theiinspiring classroom performance. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and mepeers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students. > Read more.

First 3 school renovation bond projects advance


The first three Henrico school renovation projects scheduled to be funded with 2016 bond referendum money are moving closer to construction.

The Henrico School Board Jan. 12 approved design plans for major renovation projects at Tuckahoe Middle School and Pemberton Elementary School as well as one that will provide an eight-classroom addition and other smaller enhancements at Glen Allen Elementary School. > Read more.

Henrico’s hometown slugger seeking Squirrels’ starting spot


The early highlight of Matt Winn's baseball career came in the summer of 2007, when his Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star team hosted the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series at Henrico's sparkling new RF&P Stadium.

Henrico County had spent $4.5 million to construct the complex in order to attract the national tournament and others like it, and Winn's team helped to christen it – surprising the nine other teams in the field by finishing third. Winn was named the tournament's top defensive catcher. > Read more.

Reaping kindness


The first annual Walk & Roll For Kindness, held Jan. 16 at Regency Square, brought together students, families, business leaders and kindness advocates of all ages for a day of activities promoting the #REAPKindnessCampaign.

Sponsored by the Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program (REAP) and emceed by Amy Lacey of WRIC, the event featured entertainment by the Miracles in Motion dance group, Irish dancers and Peter Larsen on the guitar. > Read more.

Henrico to offer free workshop Feb. 4 on improving home accessibility


The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will present a free workshop Saturday, Feb. 4 to discuss home improvements that can improve accessibility and allow residents to age in place.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and refreshments will be included. The session also will include tips on hiring a contractor. > Read more.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, check out Innsbrook’s 8th annual St. Paddy’s Palooza – there will be music and dancing, a hot air balloon, kid’s activities, festive green beverages and volunteers shaving their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. For more Irish fun, visit Walkerton Tavern for stories of Irish immigrants during the 19th century, traditional Irish foods, songs and an Irish craft. Concert opportunities this weekend include Leland Grant tonight at the Henrico Theatre, Sandston Baptist Church, Sandston Moose Lodge, the Shady Grove Coffeehouse and the Richmond Philharmonic at The Steward School. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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A music festival in memory of Jerry Olgers will start at 4 p.m. at Sandston Moose Lodge 1937 at 4505 Oakleys Ln. Artists performing include Christy Snyda & Friends, Southernbelle Band, Steel Band, and Tony Turner & Company. Food will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open to the public. Cost is $10 donation per person; proceeds benefit Chris Olgers. For details, call Wayne at 572-3124. Full text

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